René Pape, who is singing the role of King Marke at Bayreuth this summer, stayed at my hotel. He arrived a few hours before the performance, and stayed overnight. A private man, he kept to himself, finding a corner where he could have breakfast and interact with his mobile phone. But not private enough for me to snap a picture of him. The day of the performance I ran into him and told him that I was looking forward to hearing him as King Marke. He responded with a cordial nod of the head, and off he went to his car towards the Festspielhaus.